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Robert Fritz and Unconscious Competence

April 04, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 146

In his book: The Path of Least Resistance, Robert Fritz identifies four levels of competence. Fritz is not the first to make these identifications... but I mention him because nobody I know of has explained this idea better. These competences can be applied to virtually any area of one's life, where one is trying to master a new skill (or competence).

There are four competences: 1) Unconscious Incompetence, 2) Conscious Incompetence, 3) Conscious Competence 4) Unconscious Competence.

1) Unconscious Incompetence is the level one is at when not only do you not know something... but you do not know, that you do not know.

2) Conscious Incompetence is the level one is at when one is presented with what they don't know, so they are suddenly aware of their incompetence... They now know, that they do not know.

3) Conscious Competence is the level one is at when one strives to learn the skill in which they were previously only consciously incompetent... and reaches a level of competence that requires conscious concentration and awareness.

4) Unconscious Competence can be said to be the level of the master. One has become so efficient in carrying out the conscious actions that it becomes effortless and one no longer has to think consciously about those actions.

A simple way of proceeding to explain these different states of competence is through the simple process of tying shoelaces... Adults can be said to be at the level of unconscious competence in the skill of shoelace tying. Infants below a certain age are of course ignorant in this skill, they are not only ignorant in the skill of tying shoelaces... they are unaware that shoelace tying even exists as an activity... they are unconsciously incompetent. Once they are shown the skill of tying a shoelace by an adult, they reach the level of conscious incompetence... they now know that the skill exists but they are incompetent in the skill. Through repeated demonstration and practice they finally learn to tie a shoelace... but the first few times they do it... they have to think consciously about every move in the process... thinking to themselves as they proceed... should the first loop go over the second for example. But after a few goes it suddenly clicks and the information passes over and gets stored in the subconscious memory as permanent knowledge and the skill passes from conscious competence to unconscious competence.

These levels of competence can be applied and learned as a skill set in their own right... and I highly recommend Fritz's book.

There is no doubt that these skills are as important in business as in any other endeavor, where learned skills are required. Let us take just one example: learning to market your business through autoresponder newsletter tactics. The goal is to reach a point where one becomes Unconsciously Competent at applying this marketing method. Once you are aware that autoresponder marketing exists as a marketing strategy - you obviously move from unconscious incompetence to conscious incompetence. You may then spend 100's of hours setting up autoresponder campaigns and sending out mass first you may find this a conscious grind and effort... but sooner all later something will click and you will find the process effortless and actually easier to do, than not... it will essentially come close to being an automatic process.

The process of reaching this unconscious level of competence in business applies not just to autoresponder tactics but applies right across every area of your business. The business geniuses who seem to have a natural response and a gut feeling for what to do next... have simply reached this level of unconscious competence.

These competence levels are also taken seriously by sports psychologists and the unconscious level of competence, that the greatest sportsman reach is often called the zone. Sportsmen and women will tell you that they are at there best when there moves are not consciously thought out... it just flows naturally. The same could be said for a virtuoso concert pianist. We have all had those rare days where everything we do, just seems to go right... everything is just so easy and natural... it just flows... at those moments we are in 'the zone'.

Are you optimizing your Website/Blog. Optimization is a combination of many things... such as finding good keywords, and then drawing upon good content that is relative to those keywords, and capturing that content and keyword optimization - under the 'umbrella' of your niche.

Craig Hawkins

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